Friday, February 1, 2008

Computer Simulation Predicts Patriots Victory

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Super Bowl XLII (Feb. 3) is a few days away, but a computer programmer in Chattanooga, Tennessee, already knows the final score.

David Holt, a software programmer for, has just completed 500,000 game simulations between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, and all the data points to the Pats taking the trophy this Sunday.

The online odds have the Patriots winning an average of 72 percent of the simulations, and Holt’s software shows a final score of Patriots 34, Giants 24.

Holt jokes, “I think everybody and their dog is thinking the same thing we’re thinking.”

But it’s not hopeless for the Giants – Holt added a stipulation to the software that predicted the score if the Giants got three sacks, had no turnovers, and shut down Patriots’ wide-receiver Wes Welker, and the new scenario showed the Giants winning 53 percent of the time.

But his Super Bowl software didn’t compute anything about the Patriots benching quarterback Tom Brady.

Holt says, “If they take out Brady, it’ll be a very long day for the Patriots.”

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